Free will. It’s that simple. Man was created with a free will, which is exactly how we got in the mess that we are in now as a human race.
For those who believe, when man was created he was given free will. He could do anything he wanted but because all he knew was how to do good, that’s all he did. He was given a command not to eat from a particular tree that was in the middle of the Garden of Eden which God called the tree of knowledge. It’s full name actually was the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
God told the man not to eat from the tree because in the day that he ate from it he would die. Well, he didn’t die physically (at least not on that day), he died spiritually in that, the moment that he ate from the tree he felt a detachment from God’s Spirit.
He no longer felt like he was one with God. In fact, he felt like he was all alone although he wasn’t but he felt that way anyhow. At that moment he immediately became conscious of a new awareness that he hadn’t known before. He realized he was naked which he had not known before because his mind was always on God before, but now his mind was on himself and he saw he was not clothed.
He immediately sought something to cover himself up with and hid from God because he felt ashamed.
He was ashamed that he had disobeyed God and ashamed that he now knew things that he should not have known.
The reason that Adam (the first man) was able to end up in this situation was that he had free will. In other words, God did not restrict his actions. Why? Because Adam was made in the image of God. He was a reflection of God in the earth and since God had a free will, man was made just like God with a free will to do whatever he wanted. The thing was, however, he only wanted to do what God asked him to do until he ate from the forbidden tree which gave him knowledge of other things that he could do.
Why was the tree there? That is a question for god himself but I think I may have an answer.
No matter what the situation or condition, God always gives us a choice. Even if one of the choices is a bad one. Why? (you’ve got a lot of questions don’t you) Because God doesn’t want robots that do exactly what he wants them to do because they don’t have a choice to do anything else. God wants people to follow him who truly WANT to follow him not people who follow him because they have no choice in the matter.
This may sound strange but if you think about it for a while it will make sense to you. Would you want someone following you because they didn’t have any other choice? (now, there’s my question)
The answer is no.
You want people around you who themselves want to be around you not because you left them no other choice. God is no different. How would he know that Adam really wanted to obey him if he was not given a choice to not obey him?
Simply he wouldn’t know.
Well, man failed the test and plunged mankind into a swampland of misery an pain but before he even decided to disobey God, God had a plan to rescue him.
So why do bad things happen to good people?
Free will. The ability to do what you want when you want without God stopping you. Why doesn’t he stop a person who is about to do something horrible? Because once God makes something it stays that way forever or until he chooses to end it’s existence.
Mankind was made with a free will for God to interfere with a man’s free will, God would be violating the very essence of what he made man to be…. A free acting individual. In essence he would be violating his own nature.
Because man was made like God, he had a piece of God in him. He has a piece of the very nature of God in him. When the scriptures say that God breathed life into the nostrils of the man, it was his own breath that he put in him.
Man had a piece of God in him. He had God’s life force in his lungs and all through his being.
From your science classes you know, oxygen is throughout the body. It’s in every part of you, literally god is in every part of you. So for him to interfere with your free will would be to him like interfering with himself.
When the Devil tempted man to eat from the tree God told him not to, he was tempting him to be “his own man.” In essence to be his own God (the same thing that got Satan put out of heaven, trying to assume the seat of God. Now he was tempting the man to do the same thing). We know this because he said to him “you shall be like gods knowing good and evil.”
God knew man was going to disobey him but he let him do it anyhow because that’s the way he made him, a free being. And just like today he knows when people are going to do something they shouldn’t and he doesn’t stop them either.
Neither does he stop you.
Have you ever done anything wrong? Have you ever done anything bad? Of course you have. Did God stop you? No he didn’t. So why should he stop someone else because we think their bad thing is worse than ours. And who is to judge who’s deeds are worse than somebody else’s?
God is totally fair. He gives everyone the same freedom. It’s the only way to treat everyone justly. If he were to stop people in the middle of doing something wrong there would be a lot of strange looking situations in the world.
Man’s free will is the reason why bad things happen to good people and unfortunately it’s going to stay that way until Jesus comes and changes everything back to being good again.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things
are passed away.